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Your chances of getting into Southwest Baptist University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

96.2%
Admission Difficulty for Southwest Baptist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Southwest Baptist University is 96.2%.  Its admission rate is the 38th lowest in Missouri.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Southwest Baptist University and can you get accepted?

Southwest Baptist University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 838 out of the 871 who applied were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 61 percent (SAT 1000/1210 ACT 18/25). Southwest Baptist University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.55. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 36% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Southwest Baptist University?

96% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Southwest Baptist University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.55 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1110 on the SAT
  • Score 21 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Southwest Baptist University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.55

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Southwest Baptist University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Southwest Baptist University are to have around a 3.55 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.55 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Southwest Baptist University accepts 96% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Southwest Baptist University is 3.55 on the 4.0 scale. 22% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #16 in Missouri for highest average GPA.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.5 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Southwest Baptist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 22.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 19.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 9.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 1.0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Southwest Baptist University SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Southwest Baptist University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1000-1210

Applicants Submitting SAT 

9%
SAT Scores for Southwest Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 480
Math 25th Percentile 520
Composite 25th Percentile 1000
SAT Scores for Southwest Baptist University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 600
Math 75th Percentile 610
Composite 75th Percentile 1210
Average SAT Score 1110

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Southwest Baptist University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Southwest Baptist University is 1110 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1210. Students who get into Southwest Baptist University score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers..  Southwest Baptist University ranks #18 in the state of Missouri for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1110 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Southwest Baptist University regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1000, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 890, but scores this low are outside the normal range. 9 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

View other colleges which accept students in the 1110 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1105, you have around a 96% chance of being admitted. A 1210 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

Southwest Baptist University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1210 and Above Good >98%
1105 to 1210 Avg + 96%-98%
1000 to 1105 Avg - 93%-96%
895 to 1000 Reach 87%-93%
Less than 895 Low <87%
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Southwest Baptist University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

18-25 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

69%
ACT Scores for Southwest Baptist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 18
ACT Scores for Southwest Baptist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 26
Math 75th Percentile 25
Composite 75th Percentile 25
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Southwest Baptist University?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Southwest Baptist University is 21, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 18 and 25.  The school ranks #27 in Missouri for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 21. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 18 and score in the score in the top 62 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 69 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Southwest Baptist University.

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Southwest Baptist University for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 21 score has around 96% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 98% with a 25 ACT score.

Southwest Baptist University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >98%
21 to 25 Avg + 96%-98%
18 to 21 Avg - 93%-96%
15 to 18 Reach 89%-93%
Less than 15 Low <89%
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High School Class Rank

81% of Southwest Baptist University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 47% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Southwest Baptist University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 23%
Top 25% of class 47%
Top 50% of class 81%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Southwest Baptist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 554 317 871
Accepted 528 310 838
Acceptance Rate 95% 98% 96%
Enrolled 186 112 298
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 35% 36% 36%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Southwest Baptist University is $30.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Southwest Baptist University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Southwest Baptist University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Southwest Baptist University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Southwest Baptist University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.55 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1110 and ACT of 21 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Southwest Baptist University often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=179326 IPEDS survey data for Southwest Baptist University.

FAQs

Does Southwest Baptist University prefer SAT or ACT?

9% of students submit their SAT scores to Southwest Baptist University. 69% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Southwest Baptist University?

96% of those who apply are granted admission to Southwest Baptist University. Admission competition is and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Southwest Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1210. The average SAT score is 1105. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Southwest Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 18 and 25. The average ACT score is 21. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.